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In their hearts and their memories and their laughter. Fox was still there A moving portrayal of bereavement, grief and healing. Age , Paperback 26pp. Amazing Ref: Meet Ibbo, a small, yellow-spotted, pet dragon with fantastic roaring and fire-breathing skills. Ibbo is a little different to the children but he is much loved and, most importantly of all, he is one little child's best friend.

Together they dance under disco balls, snack and burp, sail in pirate ships. A blast of a book which celebrates imaginative play and is narrated by a fiercely active, joyful and boisterous child who also happens to be a wheelchair user. You don't get much more upbeat and positive than this! Great illustrations, great central character, great diversity in the wealth of other children too!

Age , Paperback 24pp. When she laughed, her teeth looked like she had brushed them with chilli powder. Ammuchi laughed a lot". Aditya and Anjali adore their rather off-beat grandmother, Ammuchi; they especially like listening to her magical ghost stories. When grandma dies, the family is bereft.

But then, in the middle of their mourning, a mysterious orange butterfly begins to make a regular appearance, fluttering on Anjali's nose, dropping gentle kisses on her face Anjali swears the butterfly is her grandma come back with an important message for them. A magical, soothing story by an Indian author with illustrations so bright they seem to have drained the entire colour palette! I like the implicit acceptance of death and sadness but the richness of memory' Eileen, Former Teacher, LL reviewer.

Age Paperback 29pp. A belly-full of humour and vitality packed into this short narrative featuring that hugely naughty African-Caribbean trickster, Anansi! Age , Paperback 28pp. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke illustrated by Lauren Tobia. Anna lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. Beautifully written and charmingly illustrated stories by a Nigerian author about a contemporary, urban, fun-filled little girl.

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Age , Paperback pp. Through creative ideas challenging societal expectations in positive terms that are funny and thought-provoking, A Rule Is To Break is for children of all ages. Fantastically colourful and lively illustrations. Age , Hardback 40pp. An active and musical read, now with a music CD. Age , 22pp Paperback. A delightful tale about a child who is absolutely bursting and popping with happiness.

Badger is happy living in his neat and tidy burrow, until Big Bad Bully Goat decides to move in! A witty Iberian story with a twist. Large format, high quality production and packed with fun. Age , Paperback 31pp. A delightfully child-friendly introduction to a young transgender identity through the smiley, upbeat character of Tiny.

Tiny has a special bed that looks like a castle, likes going out dressed up as a butterfly, enjoys playing football and, like any sensible child, loves cakes! At Tiny's new school, some of the children ask, "Are you a boy or a girl? A hit with our review team. A book that manages to explore trans identities without slipping into gender stereotypes. I loved it and it's funny too! The author and illustrator are artists, co-founders of Trans Pride Brighton and first met each other when they both starred in the Channel 4 documentary series, My Transsexual Summer.

Age , Hardback 25pp. Stunning slice of Black History. A dazzling portrait of self-taught folk artist, Clementine Hunter, whose paintings went from hanging on her clotheslines to hanging in museums. Age , American Import Hardback 30pp. Realistic and positive. Told in a super child-friendly, comic-style, format.

Age , Paperback 36pp. Age , Hardback 36pp. Babies Don't Walk They Ride! A rhyming celebration of toddler transportation! This book opens and ends with the title refrain and follows a visual trajectory from day to night. In between, we see a busy, urban community of adults accompanying their toddlers as they glide, stroll and roll, assisted by a glorious array of toddler transport: buggies, supermarket trolleys, back slings and chariots! The illustrations are bright, contemporary and full of details to point at. Great for introducing some first movement words while also extending some words playfully to relish the sounds "huggled and cuddled and carried along".

The illustrations are effortlessly diverse. This is a cohesive multicultural and multifaith neighbourhood. The illustrations also include images of active disabled people and challenges to gender stereotypes. Superbly positive. This should appear on every bookshelf! Age , Paperback 21pp. Baking With Dad Ref: A child with wonderfully sculpted sticky-uppy red hair spends a messy but productive day baking a Super Cake with Dad.

Several whisks, shakes, flour sneezes and fruit-cocktail-head-dresses later and a six-tiered mountain of baked loveliness is all ready. A grand picture book showing Dad as primary carer which extends to the, beautifully formatted end pages animated by all sorts of household items: loo paper, yogurt moo DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American professional ballet dancer. Brought up in an orphanage in Sierra Leone during the civil war and then, aged 4, adopted by an American Jewish couple, DePrince became one of America's most eminent ballerinas, winning awards and attracting media attention around the world.

This early reader biography, written by DePrince and her adoptive mother, manages to convey this extraordinary story in the most child-friendly of ways while never glossing over the essential facts. It has everything in it- truth, purpose, pain, determination, hard work and triumph. Inspiring on every page! Age , Paperback 63pp. And so begins this encyclopaedic, panoramic introduction to children from around the world: their homes, their diverse families including same-sex parented and foster families , their different languages including sign language , clothing and costumes, favourite games, special days, different faiths.

A UNICEF-endorsed celebration of our global diversity, commonality and interconnectedness, nicely summed up in the text, "Every life is a story. It's easier to understand someone when you know their story. For example, simply the range of disabilities 'casually' shown eye patches, shortened limbs, children with Down's syndrome is unusual for picture books. Fantastic back notes extend out from each double page spread with a wealth of factual information. Younger children will be engaged by the simplicity of the core text while older children can think around each topic with the detailed extra notes.

Very inclusive, lots to talk about' Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer. Age , Hardback 65pp. Tin cup. Woollen mitts. Field notebook. And now for your guide An intrepid bear discoverer is guided through the behaviour and tendencies of the black bear, a. Includes advice on playing dead.

A chatty voiceover with a text which expands and shrinks and skews and bellows with exclamations. Roberts' beautiful, trademark design-led illustrations- big grizzlies are carefully etched out on graph paper and an autumn palette of browns and oranges is suddenly splattered with the fuchsia pink of exploding bubble gum!. Every aspect has been well thought out. The plot is so developed and funny and simple yet complicated. Age , Paperback 29pp.

A mixed race lead character and a hearing-impaired best friend who laughs in the face of gender stereotypes Age , Paperback 89pp. Will Dara know what to do when the new baby comes? If only he could have a doll to practise. An absolutely brilliant challenge to gendered ideas about children's toys. Funny and heart-warming. Age , Irish Import Paperback 64pp. Black Dog Ref: Shortlist Kate Greenaway Medal A gorgeously illustrated and original read-aloud about a family called Hope and a Black Dog who is fearfully scary or insignificantly puppy-like depending on how you look at the world Age , Paperback 25pp.

And then, suddenly one day, with the arrival of rain and frost, all of the bees disappear. Bereft and despairing, he tries all manner of things to encourage them back- from dressing up in a bee suit to creating a special beehive hotel with free wi-fi. To no avail. And then, just as suddenly, with the coming of Spring, the bees fly back! An endearing story about losing your bumble and getting it back! Follows the passing seasons and weather patterns.

Excellent bumble bee back notes provide a wider context on the value of bees to our fragile eco system. Age Paperback 28pp. We thought not! We love to introduce children -and you! This bright, cheery and light picture books, inspired by the life of Edna Lewis b. Watch a family harvest and gather all of their food locally, through the passing seasons and then see what plates of food end up on the table: wild greens, dark-amber nectar, sun-ripened peaches, sassy tomatoes, ping-ping-ping peaches are all transformed in to crisp salads, honey on hot biscuits, peach ice cream, tangy tomato sandwiches and nut-butter cookies.

Drooooling backnotes include recipes for pecan drops, apple crisps and more. Inspired by a rare and award-winning black female chef who had a passion for locally sourced food and a loyalty to traditional, fine, comforting, Southern-style cooking. Age , American Import Paperback 39pp.

Brodie by Joy Cowley illustrated by Chris Mousdale. So begins this story about the loss of a classmate. Brodie was an expert ear wiggler; he knew how to make fantastic farty noises; he had dreams of being a pilot; he liked to say "awesome stupendous". He often had stays in hospital and at these times his classmates would send him cards. But one day, the children are told that Brodie has died- and this time, they're invited to make cards for his parents.

An award-winning book made at the request of teachers seeking bereavement books for younger children who have lost a classmate. Expertly done. Sensitively done and not at all preachy. Age , Paperback 33pp. Celebrate Diwali Ref: A global photographic feast from National Geographic with a celebratory text and detailed back notes. Age , American Import Paperbacks 30pp. Celebration Food Ref: Special foods for special multi-faith celebrations. Tasty photos, activities for every festival- and a charoset recipe!

Age , Paperback 20pp. Age , American Import Paperback 31pp. Celebrations and Special Days Ref: An original, photographic, around-the-world book of religious festivals and special days which includes the familiar -Chinese New Year, Holi, Eid-ul-Fitr- alongside some more unusual celebrations: the Shetland Islands' Up Helly Aa a Viking festival , the Mongolian sports festival of Naadam, the Fulani cattle herders' river crossing in Mali a UN-recognised world cultural heritage event recognised by the UN. Comes with a helpful glossary and a world map showing the location of each photograph.

Age , Paperback 23pp. Choices, Choices Crucially, gender is no barrier. Dexter is equally thrilled by all the choices on offer in his head -food critic, astronomer, marine biologist, clothes designer. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children. All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession. Christophe, a Rwandan refugee, has a heartbreaking story to share.

Britain means a new language, a new home and new classmates- not all of them welcoming. But Christophe is determined to be heard Age , Paperback 68pp. The Cloud Ref: Art Class is no fun for one quiet child, sat on her own, with a fuzzy black cloud hovering over her Multicultural, casual images of disability, a winning text and exceptionally imaginative illustrations.

English Assoc. Age , Paperback 44pp. Britain seems rainy and colourless to Hassan, but after painting the bright colours of his refugee family's flight from sunny, war-torn Somalia he begins to see colours in his new home. Sensitively and beautifully illustrated. Age , 15pp Paperback. One of Letterbox Library's favourite illustrators joins forces with the very popular Peters team. But one day, Dad was full up with sadness, all the way to the top. He said his sky had turned grey. This excellent description of mental health problems also brilliantly captures a child's anxiety, loneliness and their overwhelming guilt when faced with a parent in pain.

Enhanced by evocative language "Months were stretchy like chewing gum Great illustrations. Commissioning Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer. She, in turn, manages to attend their school play, even though she is quite weak, turning up in a wheelchair and with her head covered by a sparkly scarf suggesting chemotherapy. When Mr Banks finally tells the class that Miss Evans has died, we see the children encouraged to explore their different feelings and to share their very best memories of Miss Evans- ultimately immortalised in a home made copper tree, installed by the caretaker in the entrance hall, with leaves for memories made by the children.

A difficult subject treated with a great lightness of touch. Both the illustrations and text are full of warmth, comfort and even, a gentle humour. Moving and caring. Opens the door to questions and discussion in a sensitive and thoughtful way' Rosalind, Workforce Dev. It was also so practical and contained a wonderful idea which could be copied. The Crow's Tale Ref: A traditional tale about bravery and kindness, told through gently rhymes and the most exquisite artwork- lithography is fused with watercolours throwing light across the pages and drawing out each one of Crow's bold and brilliant feathers.

A written version of a Pennsylvania Lenni Lenape Indian legend which has been passed down, largely orally, through generations of Lenni Lenape Indians. High quality text told in rhyme and lovely, lovely illustrations. What a great debut for Naomi Howarth. Age Paperback 26pp. Set in Japan. Yuka's Dad works every day of the week making the tastiest of ramen.

Yuka is very proud of him, but she also misses him so very much. Spend a day with Yuka as she and her mum try to distract themselves with a rice ball picnic in Cherry Tree Park, a visit to the local market, a brief stopover at a shrine and then Fantastic flourishes and details of Japanese life are conveyed through bold, lithograph-style artwork and little notes which pop up here and there with snippets about Shiba Inu- Japan's national dog- wagashi sweets and a dumpling called Yomogi dango!

A further, packed, six pages of back notes show a map of Japan with stats. From a publisher who specialises in editing English editions of a selection of Korea's best children's picture books. I liked the detail about Japan and also the poignant underlying theme of the girl missing her dad' Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, Letterbox Library reviewer. This text is a real beam of loveliness whether you read it simply as a tale about a devoted bunny or whether you read it within the context of its genesis: Vice President VP Pence, notorious for his anti-LGBT opinions, created a children's book with his family entitled Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President detailing a fictional day in the life of the Vice President's pet rabbit.

Twiss' parody-released one day earlier than Pence's book- is delicious. Here, Bundo the bunny is hopping about in the VP's home grounds when he spies a bunny called Wesley. They fall instantly in love and take to hopping through the garden, inside the stuffy old VP's house and down the stuffy house's stairs making "beautiful creaky stair-music together".

Such is the happiness of their hopping marathon that they decide to get married and announce this to their friends, Phil and Dennis the bugs, Pumpernickel the badger, Dill Prickle the hedgehog. But The Stink Bug, who is in charge of life in the gardens does an absolute refusal insisting that Boy Bunnies can only marry Girl Bunnies.

Will Bundo and Wesley get to tie the bunny knot? An adult parody works flawlessly as an upbeat, thoroughly hoppity hop, almost painfully endearing yet not saccharine story about a same sex couple who want to make their vows. There are some excellent, child-friendly, points made about democracy and authority along the way too. An expert picture book. And, we haven't even had time to mention the wonderful, glowing, warm, illustrations which feel like a hug of soft fur.

Age , American Import, Hardback 31pp. Dealing with Feeling Angry by Isabel Thomas illustrated by Clare Elsom. Books in the Dealing with Feeling This book looks at anger, including what anger feels like, safe ways of letting anger out, and how to calm down if you are feeling angry. Happy by Isabel Thomas illustrated by Clare Elsom. This book looks at happiness, including what happiness feels like, how to turn sad feelings into happy ones, and how to make other people feel happy.

Jealous by Isabel Thomas illustrated by Clare Elsom. This book looks at being jealous, including what being jealous feels like, how to deal with jealous feelings, and how to help other people who might be feeling jealous. Proud by Isabel Thomas illustrated by Clare Elsom. This book looks at pride, including how to feel proud, why it is important not to feel TOO proud, and how to help other people feel proud, too.

Worried by Isabel Thomas illustrated by Clare Elsom. This book looks at being worried, including what it feels like to be worried, how to stop feeling worried, and how to help other people who might be feeling worried. Share a day out with two exuberant children one wears a splint collecting noises in a floppy bag. Bursting with rhythm and rhymes. Mr Saeed cooks delicious food. But when poor, hungry Ali stops outside his shop to smell the food, Mr Saeed accuses him of stealing. Can the wise man Nasruddin help, or will Ali go to prison?

A greedy business man is thoroughly outwitted in this lively, Muslim folk tale. Age , Paperback 32pp. With a repeated chorus to join in with- "Come on everybody, shake a claw! Strong rhythms and rhymes, bright and swishy illustrations, a CD with animations and dino sing-alongs, a brilliant 'Who's Who' of dinosaurs on the backpages and a detailed, illustrated guide to the ages of the dinosaurs, from the Triassic era right up until the current, Quarternary era.

Add to this a representative group of children- including a child with a hearing aid and one with a walking or should that be boogie?! This dog doesn't do proper dog stuff, like flea scratching or stick-chasing. This dog thinks he's a ballerina. So, when all those around him insist that doing ballet isn't a very doggy-like thing to do, he sinks into a howling depression. But with a little stealth, a comfy tutu and a quite astounding Arabesque, this dog may be about to prove everyone wrong.

A fun and gentle take on smashing gendered expectations. A librarian explains to a small child why dragons don't do well in libraries: their large bottoms take up too much floor space at story time; they risk self-igniting as they get over excited by a good story; they tend to take over the aisles. A rhyming, dragon-filled tribute to libraries. Multicultural; includes a book-hungry wheelchair user; nice to have-for a change- both female and male dragons!

Tutor, LL reviewer. A celebration of family. No oversleeping, no getting the house messy, no wandering off Brilliantly captures the build up to and excitement of a very special day. Age , American Import Hardback 27pp. Exciting, pacey biography about someone with a dream and their subsequent breakthrough into top-level motorsports. Seriously popular with our primary children reviewers! Age , Paperback 41pp. Another clear, well-written, up tempo, biography in the Dream to Win series.

Does this superhero really need any further introduction? A legend, a mammoth of a hero! A good little Fact File at the back and a timeline of Bolt's medals. Age , Paperback 47pp Themes: Black History. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by E. New girl, Maya, looks different in her ragged hand-me-downs and she's always left playing on her own. An award-winning team and one of the most moving picture books we have seen. Audrey is weird. Sam wonders if she is an alien.

She has no Earth manners. But she knows all about Earth hugs. And Earth rides. A wonderful feat of storytelling, imagination and Earth-Love. Age , Canadian Import Paperback 29pp. A quiet, bespectacled, little boy by day; dashing superhero by night. Ingenious illustrations compliment this lovely fantasy. Errol's Garden Ref: Errol has plenty of green fingers.

But his flat doesn't have nearly enough space for all of his seedlings and pottings. But then, he discovers the roof at the top of his tower block and an idea begins to germinate, in every sense of the word. He just needs a little bit of help from his friends. A great, positive boost of a story as a hugely diverse community come together to create something very beautiful which then spreads across the skyline The strawberries look delish! Age , Paper27pp. Everybody Feels Angry! Sophie's little brother has scribbled over her drawing and Ethan's brother has eaten his special chocolate bar from Gran.

They are both furious and fit to burst! How can they deal with their feelings? Part of a lovely new series with fresh and colourful artwork which shows two children's separate stories, describes their emotions, has the two come together to talk about their feelings and then shows each child putting into action some positive coping strategies and resolutions. Age , Hardback 21pp. Everybody Feels Happy! Ethan has a bubbly fizzy feeling inside- he's off on holiday!

Sophie loves her friends very much and wants to pass on her happiness to them Part of a lovely new series with fresh and colourful artwork which shows two children's separate stories, describes their emotions and has the two come together to interact over their feelings. Everybody Feels Sad! Chloe is distraught to find that her little toy elephant, Beebee, has gone missing.

Omar's cuddly pet, Socks the cat, has died. Can anything make them feel better? We are raising our hands with you Accompanied by stunning photographs of girls and young women from every continent, giving testimony to both their subjugation and to their uprisings and declarations. A minimal text which speaks to a wide age range and which ends with an excerpt of Malala's powerful speech to the UN 's Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday.

Inspired by the UN's declaration of July 12, as Malala Day which led to young people producing a film of young girls' messages to Malala which in turn helped form the content of this book. Class One share a much loved toy, The Everywhere Bear, so called because every weekend he goes home with a different child. Disaster strikes when Matt, on his splashy walk to school, bends down to pet a kitten, leading Bear to tumble out of his rucksack and into a puddle!

Can he get back to the classroom? What is it now? Chased by a lion? Kicked by a cow? Superb rhyming nonsense by India's best-loved children's poet, accompanied by perfectly zany artwork. Age , Indian Import Hardback 46pp. Phusomsai photos by Bruce Campbell. A Thai man talks proudly about his 8-year-old grandson, Baan, as he learns about the local Buddhist monks and then decides to become a monk himself. Fantastic photos follow Baan as he searches out a lotus leaf, gets his head shaved, dresses in white, attends his initiation ceremony and then spends time learning at the monastery.

A chatty, informal text tells Baan's story while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so that practitioners can elaborate confidently. Kaur Bhatia photos by Bruce Campbell. A Punjabi woman introduces us to her year-old granddaughter, Pulkit, and in doing so, introduces the reader to some of the main tenets and practises of Sikhism- from prayers to singing kirtan hymns to making marigold garlands to the celebration of Guru Nanak's birthday in the local Gudwara.

A chatty, informal text and brilliant photographs capture Pulkit's family and religious life while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so as practitioners can elaborate confidently. A brilliantly simple take on diverse families: some families have step mums, some adopt children, some have one parent, some have two dads, some look like their pets, some like to be noisy, some like to be messy- but they ALL like to hug each other, they ALL like to celebrate special days and they are ALL special.

Clear, happy, triumphant and loud in its message- with Parr's trademark thick felt pen, primary colour, illustrations. The much-loved Farmer Falgu, is seen here making his way to the Kumbh Mela. A lovely little introduction to the Hindu 'Festival of the Pot', held once every 12 years at four sacred riverside places, drawing pilgrims from across India and the world. The upbeat, simple text is enhanced by highlighted, coloured words introducing festival essentials such as jalebis and sweet lassi and the procession of sadhus holy men.

Vibrant illustrations- the men draped in wreaths of orange blossom is especially fine. Nice backnote on the festival. Lots of info. The clucking, the mooing and quacking of Farmer Falgu's farm is driving him to distraction Only, he hasn't accounted for the many people who'd like a lift who all bring their own particular noises with them: the phee-phee, pungi-playing snake charmer; the tap-tap-tapping dancers A wonderfully simple story with delightful sound effects printed in coloured, slanted and curving fonts, a cumulative text and dashing illustrations.

See also the review for Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market. It's market day and Farmer Falgu has a heavy cart full of chillies, coriander and all manner of eggs. But he hasn't accounted for the hazards along the route! There are the pot holes, the waddling ducks, a honking lorry. Will any of the eggs remain intact? A visual journey full of child appeal which bumps along with sound effects, an imaginative typeset, delicious language and the cumulative, anticipatory storytelling which proves so popular with very young children.

See also the review for Farmer Falgu Goes on a Trip. Age , Indian Import Paperback 26pp. The 5 Misfits Ref: Meet The 5 Misfits, a happy band of creatures who live happily together in their snug little home. One of them is punctured, one is folded, one is feeble, one is upside down and one is simply "a bundle of oddities".

They are a happy band of creatures, living snugly together in a lopsided house Will he mend their ways or will they mend his? An incredibly beautiful book in its art work and a extraordinarily wise book in its messages about uniqueness and individuality. Age , Hardback 34pp. Flashlight Ref: A book which needs to be seen and touched to be truly appreciated! Wordless, with die cut holes and a minimal, dramatic colour palette, this special book shows a child leaving their tent to explore a forest by night with just a flashlight.

The black and silver landscape is interrupted by the torch's beam as it casts a full-colour light on frisky racoons, hedgehogs, bats, owls, beavers and more! Adored by the nursery group staff who visited us recently. What a lovely book. Great way of introducing nocturnal animals. Officer, Letterbox reviewer. Age , Hardback 32pp. Some time in the future Brigg lives in a bleak, all-grey, overcast city.

One day he discovers a forbidden book in the library- a book about something called "flowers" which leads him, unexpectedly to something called "seeds" in a junk shop A lovely, modern day, environmental fable. Set in Brazil, this stunningly illustrated story about a child's ambition to be a great footballer is also a beautifully non-didactic and thoughtful story about poverty, child labour and a challenge to gender stereotypes.

We adored it. Teddy and Ruby set out on a fantastic flying adventure! Shows girls and boys equally at home in their hardhats and diggers. Picture This Winner Fantastic disability portrayal. Bessie-Belle offers to grant Freddie's every wish. But he mumbles and she can't hear terribly well In a village high up in the Andes, Aldomaro relies on his radio for knowledge. Published with ActionAid, this child-friendly narrative explores how batteries are sometimes a precious commodity and learning a real aspiration.

Age Paperback 31pp. Bright illustrations in pink, blue and yellow hues introduce us to the Hindu god, Ganesha, as a child, a child just like any other child, expect for an elephant's head and an unusual method of getting around- cruising on a magic mouse. Follow the pair as they go about collecting sweets until they stumble across an extra hard, jaw breaking, laddoo which snaps off Ganesha's tusk which he then accidentally hurls at an elderly man who turns out to be the poet Vyasa who then persuades Ganesha to be a scribe for his very very very long poem An eminently child-friendly, comic, account of how Ganesha came to write the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

Comes with a helpful author note. Illustrated by a Pixar Animation Studios artist. Together WeAreTheGirls". Meet Sasha, Lottie, Alice and Leela- held together through a friendship so unbreakable it frees them to explore their separate lives. A unique picture book which shows the close friendship between four children and then the maturing of this relationship into adulthood. As the four stride out into new experiences, work, adventures, loves and independent lives, they remain held together through unassailable roots of support and kindness.

A tribute to the transformative healing powers of friendship and how true intimacy between friends can be a balm for life. With words and illustrations full of heart and teaming with affirmation, children will love joining the characters on their journey and will feel buoyed by the subtle, but ever-present, message to be who they want to be. This title also performs 'casual inclusion' at it best- a multicultural group of friends, the illustrations also show Sasha, a young black woman, setting up home with a female partner and mid-way, there is a gorgeous image of the girls leading a Pride parade which bursts with rainbow flags and multicoloured heart balloons.

It's beautifully told-friendships endures through a lifetime.. Girls can fly planes or dive under the sea. Yes, girls can be anything they want to be". A simple and effective empowerment book aimed at getting girls to aim as high as they'd like to! A bouncy rhyme drives the optimism of the text forward as we see girls in all of their diversity as they take up all sorts of jobs and activities from protecting tigers to solving crimes to digging up roads.

The energy pours out on to the start and end pages with double page spreads of girls rock climbing and, later, mini bios and pictures of 15 notable women, including UK's first female firefighter, the first person with Down Syndrome to swim the English Channel, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Nicola Adams and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Wonderful to have these messages pitched to the very young.

The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head Ref: Isabel's best friend, Simon, moves away very suddenly leaving her feeling angry and then lonely. Having decided to enjoy her isolation, she shuns company, excepting But then Chester moves in next door and convinces her that it might be a time for a new playmate. A charmingly off-the-wall picture book which captures the zaniness of children's playtime and the worlds they create together.

The narrative moves along through Isabel's changing emotions which are themselves carried by a familiar passage of the seasons from Autumn- marking Simon's departure- to Spring- announcing Chester's arrival. For more confident readers there are some real depths of emotions to explore here with Isabel literally externalising her feelings through a complex system of boxes and storage.

Very tactile paper and a great palette. Brilliant, humorous, quirky- immense! Green is the Quran I read with pride. Grandma explains the lessons inside". From silver fanoos to golden domes, a young Muslim girl introduces readers to her faith, including Ramadan and Eid, through the medium of rhyme and colours. An original approach, very beautifully illustrated with a useful glossary.

By a Muslim author and an illustrator inspired by elements of Islamic art. Informative and engaging with attractive illustrations. A charming sequel to 'Amazing Grace'. When Grace is invited to Gambia she is worried about how to manage two families, but she learns that families are what you make of them. Age , 32pp Paperback. Grandma Ref: Oscar loves spending time with his Grandma but lately she has been getting forgetful and soon she has to go into a care home.

A child-friendly exploration of what dementia is. Includes factual information to help children talk about their feelings and find new ways to enjoy the changing relationship. Ages , Paperback 28pp. A Caribbean treat. When Michael goes to visit cousin Shayla in Trinidad, he insists his home town, London, is far bigger and better. Shayla thinks that's nonsense. Contest on! Age , Paperback 69pp. Well, grandparents inducting children on their vegetable plots seems to be a recurring theme!

Here, Billy is by his grandpa's side throughout the growing season. Teaches everything anyone would need to know to get started on their own allotment. Fantastically detailed backnotes furnish stacks of additional veg-growing information. Ages , Paperback 38pp. Early science knowledge with muscle and heart. Another hefty slice of non-fiction joy from Hoffman and Asquith. This time, it's all about our bodies. This is a celebration of everybody and every body: the characteristics we share, the things which make us different; what makes up a body; where our biggest muscle is bottoms!

There is even due reference to people who do not feel comfortable with the labels 'boy' and 'girl'. Inclusive and diverse as always, Asquith sets about putting everyone into the picture- including a wider range of disabled characters. Age , Paperback 33p. A glorious, multicultural celebration of contemporary family life. All wrapped up in delightful illustrations and great dollops of humour! Selected by Booktrust as a Best Book of The second in the series of these most joyful and inclusive books!

Explore lots of different feelings with the children in this book, see if you can find feelings that match your own, or that help you understand how other people are feeling. Feelings explored with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity as in the award-winning 'The Great Big Book of Families'. But Stella aims to do just that. Armed with fishing gear and differing baits, she sets out every day to realize her dream, whatever the weather.

But what will she do if she succeeds? Courtney Dicmas's latest book features a spirited character determined to achieve her goal, but it also reflects our responsibilities to other creatures, and our place in the natural world. Relatives too welcoming, weather too hot. Nothing is the same. A very recognisable, grumpy child has his day lifted, finally, by a kind and patient friend and a calm reassuring childminder. A straightforward and gently humorous book which includes some great back cover tips for getting children to articulate their moods. Age , Hardback, 18pp.

The wicked King has sent Guru Hargobind and fifty-two princes to prison. After a bad dream, he decides to let the Guru go - but not the others! A cruel king is thoroughly outwitted in this lively Sikh folk tale from a bestselling author. Just from time to time. For example, she thinks her dino costume is everyday wear- but, then again, why not?

But then, one day, in preparation for her very own dress-up birthday party, she goes with her dads to a big store dressed in her "extra-special errand-running costume": a penguin outfit complete with a smart red bow tie. And that is when she perhaps gets very carried away as she waddles off into a wild adventure starring penguins, hot air balloons, icebergs and is eventually rescued by an orca and a flock of pigeons. Luckily her dads are still shopping for party food when she lands back down safely in the supermarket Fabulous retro, purple and orange-toned, illustrations, a contemporary urban setting and a thoroughly casual representation of a mixed race family headed by two dads.

The final rooftop scene of Harriet's party in which the children and adults help themselves to costumes out of the dress up box is a flamboyant double page splash celebrating individuality. A comic narrative, full of charisma. Imaginative story and lovely illustrations. Very inclusive without being self-conscious' Kerry, LL staff and reviewer. Age Hardback 38pp. A new edition of a classic. Brought bang up to date by Walker Books through a new illustrator, the publisher has also created an Anglicised edition no more 'mommies'! This new edition has beautifully vibrant, yet softly fuzzy illustrations which make each spread somehow Follow Heather as she goes about the tricky business of starting school and the less tricky business of nap time, circle time and everyone-draw-a-picture-of-their-family time.

Everything about this book is simply delightful. Includes a 'secondary' representation of gay dads and there are also some subtle, lovely little gender touches along the way too Heather's firefighter costume, Mama Jane's carpentry, the gender-neutral play at school etc. Definite must-have! A quirky treat. Every one of Madame Chapeau's customers is different, so each receives a unique, bespoke hat.

But while she gives so much of herself, Madame has a lonely life. And then, one night, she loses her precious birthday bonnet. A line of men queue up to offer her their hats but none will do Like every great story book, this one lends itself to multiple interpretations. It's a story about loss and self- isolation, but it also ends up as a story about friendship, belonging and finding your own uniqueness.

The illustrations are wonderful- a particular delight is that each hat mirrors and reveals the personality of its owner. The text lilts along with bouncing rhymes and it savours funny nonsense words- "Chez Snooty-Patoot" "Rue Tippytap". This illustrator excels in effortless inclusion- the characters are multicultural; the real star is a small, Black child with natural hair ; some of the couple scenes suggest same-sex partners in amongst the mix and indeed one of the story's joyful messages is that love and companionship takes many forms.

I would have bought this for my child- I had to read it to my nearly year-old daughter anyway. Wonderful inclusion! A gorgeously inclusive book which gets giddy about skin! A rich text marvels at how skin keeps "your insides in", at how clever it is at growing, at healing and how it responds to the outside environment. Most of all, it celebrates the diversity of our skin and the importance of feeling happy in your skin. What's not to like? Portrayals of different ethnicities, faiths and disabilities as well as diverse family structures.

Happy to be Me Ref: "Thank you mouth, you smile and giggle. Thank you toes, you're great to wiggle". Follow a small and ethnically diverse group of children joyfully exploring their senses as they take part in a host of activities including playing dress up, cuddling lambs on a farm visit building a robot, toasting marshmallows over a camp fire. The merry band includes a wheelchair user, a child with a hearing aid and a child wearing thick-lensed glasses. Much as this is, quite simply, a very cheerful book about celebrating the senses, the disability depictions seem especially thoughtful and empowering.

For e. Simple, bold and colourful illustrations. Lovely early years book' June, Parent, LL reviewer. One in a series showing children of all abilities enjoying a day out. Colourful and sunny illustrations. Age , Paperback 12pp. Have Fun Anna Hibiscus! A hugely loveable protagonist. Anna leaves 'Amazing Africa' to visit her Canadian Granny, make new friends and discover snow! Includes a clever age-appropriate exploration of prejudice.

Have You Seen Elephant? Ref: A very large, very fun-spirited elephant challenges a small child to a game of hide and seek. And, despite the elephant's quite terrible disguises- on full show with just its head in a lampshade, delicately clutching a skinny tree trunk in front of it- the child simply fails to spot it. Which leads, inevitably, to a tortoise challenging the same child to a game of Tag A book which really understands the art of being a picture book with the barest of texts, decorative gatefolds and warm, smudgy illustrations in a gorgeous fuzzy summer palette, stuffed with character and great humour.

A picture book lover's dream. Children will love it. Commissioning Officer, LL reviewer. But will she know how to get it back? The depths of love and loss are treated with an extraordinary lightness of touch. Age 5-adult, Paperback 31pp. Hello Hello Ref: A striking environmental tale which is also a jubilant celebration of difference. A range of black and white and then gorgeously garishly-coloured and then stripy and then spotted creatures make their way across glossy double page spreads, mirroring and taking on each other's characteristics and, always, greeting each other with a friendly "hello!

A beautifully executed picture book with rhyming text and ninety-two yes, 92! Semi-cartoon-like, collage illustrations. Take the time to compare the silhouetted front end with the coloured-in back end pages. Really different. Really thought provoking. Really good! Age , Hardback 38pp. Alfie Tate is hamster monitor, a responsibility he takes very seriously as he sets out to find the four new teeny hamsters homes to go to. Alfie says that he was adopted when he was three so he knows all about what it is like to start over in a new home.

A funny and touching narrative in which we see Alfie share his life story book with the class and in which we meet his wider adoptive family- a family which grows further as, much to Alfie's delight, Mum decided to adopt the saddest and loneliest hamster of them all Another spot-on, sensitive, gently humorous book for children from the Copper Tree series. A great story about adoption without it being an 'issues' book. Every setting should have this book' Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Nurturing and loving class. The adoption story delicately but realistically explained.

We first glimpsed this as a U. We didn't have to wait too long. A wordless picture book shows a child and his family migrating to a new, unspecified country. Stunning artwork takes us all on a journey from a confusing unfamiliar landscape to somewhere which is starting to feel a lot like home. Perfect visual literacy for children' whose first language isn't English- and for reluctant readers. Written by a Korean immigrant to the USA. Age , Paperback 39pp. Home and Dry Ref: The Paddling family live on an island, making their living by fishing and teaching swimming- and serviced by the local ferry people who bring them their mail and food.

But every summer, when the water dries up, the ferry people have to stop their visits and the Paddlings have to go elsewhere for a good paddle! An unusual story book with lots of scope to explore island living, weather patterns and their impact on the environment. A curiously life-affirming tale with some extra nice touches in the illustrationsL: a very heavily pregnant Mrs Paddling fishing in balloon trousers, Mr Paddle's chequered one piece swimsuit, the enormous plate of fish and chips in the final pages!

A very quirky family. Somehow a real feeling of warmth and affection' Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer. Beautiful illustrations, interesting story and no gender stereotypes- hooray! Home In The Rain Ref: Francie and her very pregnant mum says bye bye to Grandma and settle into their little red motor for the journey home in the rain.

And it rains. Age , American Import Paperback 31pp. Choices, Choices Crucially, gender is no barrier. Dexter is equally thrilled by all the choices on offer in his head -food critic, astronomer, marine biologist, clothes designer. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children. All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession.

Christophe, a Rwandan refugee, has a heartbreaking story to share. Britain means a new language, a new home and new classmates- not all of them welcoming. But Christophe is determined to be heard Age , Paperback 68pp. The activities cover a range of tasks in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and develop the pupil's comprehension skills and knowledge of the text.

Book 'Friday Forever' by Annie Dalton is included with the teachers pack. The Cloud Ref: Art Class is no fun for one quiet child, sat on her own, with a fuzzy black cloud hovering over her Multicultural, casual images of disability, a winning text and exceptionally imaginative illustrations. Age , Paperback 27pp. English Assoc. Britain seems rainy and colourless to Hassan, but after painting the bright colours of his refugee family's flight from sunny, war-torn Somalia he begins to see colours in his new home.

Sensitively and beautifully illustrated. Age , 15pp Paperback. A unique take, from a bully's point of view, offering facts, tips and fantastically empowering advice. Age , American Import Paperback 43pp. One of Letterbox Library's favourite illustrators joins forces with the very popular Peters team. But one day, Dad was full up with sadness, all the way to the top. He said his sky had turned grey. This excellent description of mental health problems also brilliantly captures a child's anxiety, loneliness and their overwhelming guilt when faced with a parent in pain.

Enhanced by evocative language "Months were stretchy like chewing gum Great illustrations. Commissioning Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer. Crusade Ref: Two boys, two faiths- one unholy war. A topical challenge to all forms of religious extremism, this exceptional and thought provoking account of the Crusade's assault on The Holy Land is also a stirring adventure story.

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Age 9-adult, Paperback pp. Gorgeous read-aloud bursts of rhythm, rhyme Shortlisted for the. Age , Paperback 71pp. An exciting collection of historical figures whose names should be shouted, remembered and properly canonised in the history curriculum; from the wonderful Mary Seacole to the fearless Emily Davison, from Mary Anning the explorer to the Greenham Common revolutionaries.

Interesting to read why they chose who they did and useful background info. Dindy and the Elephant Ref: Meticulous in her research, well-travelled, forever curious and with a profound sense of social justice, Laird delivers another fine portrayal of a young person trying to make sense of an often unjust and confusing adult world.

Here, an English girl, Dindy, and her family prepare to leave s India, just as it's on the brink of independence from Britain. In doing so, Dindy starts to question British rule and the place she's called home her whole life. Share a day out with two exuberant children one wears a splint collecting noises in a floppy bag.

Bursting with rhythm and rhymes. Age , Paperback 30pp. Both thread their fictional biographies through with substantial historical sources, delivering pacy historical fiction to a wide range of readers. Excellent Author Notes at back too. Once started, it was hard to put down. A celebration of family. No oversleeping, no getting the house messy, no wandering off Brilliantly captures the build up to and excitement of a very special day. Age , American Import Hardback 27pp. Exciting, pacey biography about someone with a dream and their subsequent breakthrough into top-level motorsports.

Seriously popular with our primary children reviewers! Age , Paperback 41pp. Another clear, well-written, up tempo, biography in the Dream to Win series. Does this superhero really need any further introduction? A legend, a mammoth of a hero! A good little Fact File at the back and a timeline of Bolt's medals. Age , Paperback 47pp Themes: Black History.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by E. New girl, Maya, looks different in her ragged hand-me-downs and she's always left playing on her own. An award-winning team and one of the most moving picture books we have seen. Audrey is weird. Sam wonders if she is an alien. She has no Earth manners. But she knows all about Earth hugs. And Earth rides.

A wonderful feat of storytelling, imagination and Earth-Love. Age , Canadian Import Paperback 29pp. From a much-loved poet and winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry This collection turns maths into a source of fun and wonder: hexahedrons become multi-faced mythical giants; dinosaurs are weighed out in tons; Bisector steps out as a perky pendicular.

Age , Paperback, 75pp. Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill illustrated by Cathy Brett. Can our hero control her fizzing fingers enough to take on professor Macavity with her plans for world domination? Starts to plug a much needed gap by dishing up a female superhero. Great fun and written in a format which will appeal to different reading abilities. Age , Paperback 72pp. We are raising our hands with you Accompanied by stunning photographs of girls and young women from every continent, giving testimony to both their subjugation and to their uprisings and declarations.

A minimal text which speaks to a wide age range and which ends with an excerpt of Malala's powerful speech to the UN 's Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday. Inspired by the UN's declaration of July 12, as Malala Day which led to young people producing a film of young girls' messages to Malala which in turn helped form the content of this book. What is it now? Chased by a lion? Kicked by a cow?


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Superb rhyming nonsense by India's best-loved children's poet, accompanied by perfectly zany artwork. Age , Indian Import Hardback 46pp. Inspired by Greek myths, Norse myths and traditional tales- and covering a range of forms from ballads to sonnets to haiku. Included on the Letterbox Library website as we are suppliers of the Age , Paperback pp.

Phusomsai photos by Bruce Campbell. A Thai man talks proudly about his 8-year-old grandson, Baan, as he learns about the local Buddhist monks and then decides to become a monk himself. Fantastic photos follow Baan as he searches out a lotus leaf, gets his head shaved, dresses in white, attends his initiation ceremony and then spends time learning at the monastery. A chatty, informal text tells Baan's story while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so that practitioners can elaborate confidently.

Age , Paperback 28pp. Kaur Bhatia photos by Bruce Campbell. A Punjabi woman introduces us to her year-old granddaughter, Pulkit, and in doing so, introduces the reader to some of the main tenets and practises of Sikhism- from prayers to singing kirtan hymns to making marigold garlands to the celebration of Guru Nanak's birthday in the local Gudwara. A chatty, informal text and brilliant photographs capture Pulkit's family and religious life while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so as practitioners can elaborate confidently.

My feet fly over the ground and I'm sure that if I could just go a little bit faster I'd take off and fly like an eagle'. Eleven year old Solomon loves to run and dreams of being gold-medal-winning athlete, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When Grandfather announces that he's taking Solomon to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city, Solomon cannot believe his luck. But when Grandfather collapses following the journey, Solomon knows that he's the only person who can run for help.

It's more than a twenty mile run from the city to home. Can the barefoot runner do it? Discover the region's food and get a taste of the meals. A real treat' Schools Improvement Officer, Letterbox reviewer. Age , Paperback 32pp. Great little first chapter book with large font. Meet the most famous of Black heroes. Old favourites are interspersed with some less familiar faces. Age , American Import Paperback 42pp.

The 5 Misfits Ref: Meet The 5 Misfits, a happy band of creatures who live happily together in their snug little home. One of them is punctured, one is folded, one is feeble, one is upside down and one is simply "a bundle of oddities". They are a happy band of creatures, living snugly together in a lopsided house Will he mend their ways or will they mend his? An incredibly beautiful book in its art work and a extraordinarily wise book in its messages about uniqueness and individuality. Tutor, LL reviewer. Age , Hardback 34pp. A very complex story nicely simplified.

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This attractive picture book opens with Malala's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize and then swoops back to tell her story- from her early education in the Swat valley of Pakistan to the rise of the Taliban, their command to cease education for girls which in turn prompted Malala's brave activism and then, the attack on her life.

A wonderful play of light and shadows sweep across the illustrations. Skilled storytelling celebrates and applauds Malala Yousafzai's quite extraordinary courage. Freedom Ref: Shortlisted Little Rebels Award It's and year-old Nat's mother and sister have just been forcibly removed from the Jamaican plantation where they're enslaved. When Nat's mistress tells him he'll be accompanying the master to England in order to look after a precious cargo of pineapples, Nat holds on to a tiny shard of hope- he's heard that there are no slaves in England; that you are free the moment you set foot on English soil.

But it turns out that his new destination offers nothing even resembling a taste of freedom An essential and accessible read, layered with historical material. In a village high up in the Andes, Aldomaro relies on his radio for knowledge. Published with ActionAid, this child-friendly narrative explores how batteries are sometimes a precious commodity and learning a real aspiration.

Age Paperback 31pp. Bright illustrations in pink, blue and yellow hues introduce us to the Hindu god, Ganesha, as a child, a child just like any other child, expect for an elephant's head and an unusual method of getting around- cruising on a magic mouse. Follow the pair as they go about collecting sweets until they stumble across an extra hard, jaw breaking, laddoo which snaps off Ganesha's tusk which he then accidentally hurls at an elderly man who turns out to be the poet Vyasa who then persuades Ganesha to be a scribe for his very very very long poem An eminently child-friendly, comic, account of how Ganesha came to write the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

Comes with a helpful author note. Illustrated by a Pixar Animation Studios artist. And, one which is actually written by a transgender author themselves. With a wonderful directness and simplicity, the reader is introduced to the endearing character of George- people assume George is a boy; many assume she is a gay boy And, when her teacher says they are going to put on a performance of Charlotte's Web, George is desperate to get the lead part. Will George be allowed to become the girl she is? Some fantastic points are made about the difficulties of being true to your gender identity within a cultural context- here, school- which is obsessed with segregating activities by gender and which constructs children who adhere almost comically to extreme gender roles.

Ultimately, an extremely positive and joyful assertion of a transgender identity, with a realistic open ending to the narrative. The Ghosts and Jamal Ref: Shortlisted Little Rebels Award Set in Nigeria, this tells the story of Jamal who survives a terrorist attack in his village only to be left alone in a world stricken by conflict and poverty. Rejected by his community for his "bad spirits" his epilepsy , now a sole survivor, Jamal seems destined to be marked out by those around him as 'different' Discover the inventors of the paper bag, windshield wipers, liquid paper, computer compiler and chocolate cookie!

The perfect vehicle for inspiring all children in to STEM subjects. Age , American Import Paperback 59pp. A charming sequel to 'Amazing Grace'. When Grace is invited to Gambia she is worried about how to manage two families, but she learns that families are what you make of them.

Age , 32pp Paperback. A Caribbean treat. When Michael goes to visit cousin Shayla in Trinidad, he insists his home town, London, is far bigger and better. Shayla thinks that's nonsense. Contest on! Age , Paperback 69pp. Well, grandparents inducting children on their vegetable plots seems to be a recurring theme! Here, Billy is by his grandpa's side throughout the growing season. Teaches everything anyone would need to know to get started on their own allotment. Fantastically detailed backnotes furnish stacks of additional veg-growing information.

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Relatives too welcoming, weather too hot. Nothing is the same. Age , Paperback 24pp. A glorious, multicultural celebration of contemporary family life. All wrapped up in delightful illustrations and great dollops of humour! Selected by Booktrust as a Best Book of The second in the series of these most joyful and inclusive books! Explore lots of different feelings with the children in this book, see if you can find feelings that match your own, or that help you understand how other people are feeling.

Feelings explored with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity as in the award-winning 'The Great Big Book of Families'. Have Fun Anna Hibiscus! A hugely loveable protagonist. Anna leaves 'Amazing Africa' to visit her Canadian Granny, make new friends and discover snow! Includes a clever age-appropriate exploration of prejudice. There's a wolf at your tail! Run for your life! Beloved by the local community, it's time for Harry to move out of his home and in to a local nursing home.

As Liam and his Mam help him clear out, Harry regales them with the incredible story of his own 13 mile run from Newcastle to South Shields, carried out on a whim, accompanied by his four friends, all wearing sturdy leather boots- on a sweltering hot summer's day back in ! Wonderful storytelling, lilting local dialect in the animated dialogue and accompanied by lovely smudgy watercolours colour for the past narrative, black and white for the present. Beautifully told.

Age , Paperback 60pp. But will she know how to get it back? The depths of love and loss are treated with an extraordinary lightness of touch. Age 5-adult, Paperback 31pp. We first glimpsed this as a U. We didn't have to wait too long. A wordless picture book shows a child and his family migrating to a new, unspecified country. Stunning artwork takes us all on a journey from a confusing unfamiliar landscape to somewhere which is starting to feel a lot like home. Perfect visual literacy for children' whose first language isn't English- and for reluctant readers.

Written by a Korean immigrant to the USA. Age , Paperback 39pp. Hope is an Open Heart Ref: A wonderful photographic tribute to the resilience of hope, inspired by the devastation caused by natural disasters and conflicts. Age , American Import Paperback 32pp. When de July sun hot like fire, Den I have jus' one desire, To run down to de shop an' buy a Kisko pop.

Valerie Bloom's poetry is beautifully crafted yet full of energy and fun. Her mixed use of standard English and dialect is a delight to read and hear. Children love reading and listening to her work! Valerie's subjects range from global pollution, problems with maths homework and the sad demise of pet frogs he croaked of course to taking sandwiches to school and being afraid of ghosts. Shortlists Nobody saw the pigeon fall to the ground. Except a kind and gentle little boy. Sparse text and fantastically eloquent illustrations. His poems are also very good! From the HamStar who fits in a jam jar to our personal favourite- the Guillemot who uses his bill a lot- children will get tickled all over by these silly verses.

Age 6 to adult, Hardback 60pp. From ranking number one in women's tennis to winning three Gland Slams in the same year to winning the infamous Battle of the Sexes match against Bobby Riggs to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for being one of the first openly lesbian sports figures , BJK has been an inspiration at every turn in her life. A thoroughly principled advocate for justice and equality, BJK decided from a young age that the easiest way for her to lobby for fairness would be to first become the best in her game of tennis.

This brilliantly accessible and fun biography speeds through her life from a little girl playing basket ball to the present day. Part of a bestselling well-researched New York Times biography series- and, finally, biographies of famous LGBT role models are honest about their subjects' sexuality. It gives a clear, measured account of a remarkable woman who was not only at the top of her profession as a tennis player but who also took the time and energy to change the status quo- and make men and women athletes be treated equally' Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer.

Age American Import Hardback 38pp. He had a thought and he heard it. From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference. For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness.

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Age , Paperback 37pp. I'm juts an ordinary person. But I'm also proof that there's no such thing as an ordinary person". This cartoon format is perfect for introducing the Rosa Parks story to a very young audience. A lovely informal colloquial style from Rosa Park's point of view shows her early life, her budding as a young activist and then, finally, her political courage as she refuses to move from a 'white seat' in a public bus. Age , American Import Hardback 38pp. If All the World Were A gentle exploration of bereavement through lilting, poetic text and joyful, sweeping brushstrokes of oranges, pinks, reds and yellows.

A child takes her granddad's giant hand and journeys through the seasons with him exploring the first signs of spring, discovering the astrological properties of a racing track! When her beloved grandpa dies, she collects scattered memories from his room and then starts to write them down in the notebook he left for her, made of spring-petal paper and Indian string.

A very moving story- the sadness made somehow bearable by the exquisite relationship between child and grandparents and the narrative faith in memories which gradually heal like balm. Age Paperback 28pp. The early career of a pioneering sculptor and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. A compelling portrait of a young woman's determination to carve out her own special place in art history. The Island Ref: 'Wow! What a powerful book! So much you can take from this- in such a simple format.

A stark picture book which tackles huge themes- refugees, xenophobia, racism and human rights. A timeless fable. International award-winner. Age 7 to adult, Hardback 30pp. A sensitive but straightforward portrayal of alcoholism from a child's perspective. Age , American Import 35pp Paperback. Chang-ming is selected for the football team. But Mum and Dad say they're all off to visit Grandma in China! Age , Irish Import Hardback 29pp. Jamie Ref: Jamie is super at fixing things, something her two older, meaner brothers are happy to exploit. And while they have their own personal fairy godmother to see to their every whim, Jamie is all alone When the local princess invites everyone to the Royal Ball, the brothers are quite clear that Jamie has no business going.

But Jamie knows how to convert a pumpkin When she completes her disguise with a short, trendy haircut, Jamie looks in a mirror and suddenly feels Jamie has become Jamie and he's finally at one with himself. Off to the ball! A very, very clever, smart and thoughtful book with a positive transgender protagonist which is pitched perfectly to young readers. I like the way the gradual revealing of Jamie's identity is embedded in the main narrative, the subtle shift form 'she' to 'he'.

It's very clear All Letterbox Library reviewers. Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are back, holding court in the palace courtyard, eager to settle the local community's disagreements with sprinkles of wisdoms and a pinch of justice! A jar of tender mango pickles, counting crows and tickly noses are just some of the tricky issues up for debate. Trickster tales based on traditional Indian folk tales. Part of Walker's Racing Reads series. Age , Paperback 88pp. Jessica's Ghost Ref: How wonderful to have an in-depth, pre-teen read which takes on, eloquently and honestly, young people's own struggles with depression and suicide.

Fantastic storytelling weaves together the experiences of four young teens who have all been excluded in different ways and made to feel 'different': Francis, a fashion-loving boy; Andi, a girl who refuses conventional ideas about 'femininity'; Robert, an obese computer geek and, of course, Jessica, the ghost of a suicide victim determined to bring joy back into the lives of her new friends. Fantastic characterisations, warm hearted and ultimately hopeful. A wonderful tribute to friendship. Journey Ref: A bored child in a sepia world, picks up her red crayon, draws a door and takes herself out to a forest world of Chinese lanterns and fairy lights to a kingdom of turrets and golden domes to strange flying machines in a deep blue sky to a re-entry into her world and A rich, yet entirely wordless, narrative; a song to imaginative play, outdoor adventures, intrepid girls, friendships and extraordinary journeys.

The possibilities for use in literacy are endless. Age , Paperback 34pp. The Journey Ref: A nameless country. A war which stretches like a grasping hand across the land. A parent and her two children separated from their father. A journey to a strange place with strange cities and creatures and landscapes. A long and painful journey. Borders to climb. Seas to cross. Angry guards to evade. A journey that doesn't ever end- even with this book. Evocative, devastatingly simple, text- "The further we go Based on the author's interviews with refugees and migrants from many different countries, woven here into one multifaceted, unique, hopeful quest for freedom and safety.

Truly excellent. Age , Hardback 41pp. Stills from the animations combined with the original personal testimonies of young refugees combine to create powerful and dramatic illustrated biographies for 'older' readers. This one tells the story of Juliane, a year-old who is separated from her mum at a young age due to the civil conflict in Zambia. The book tracks her journey from a local under-resourced children's home to a reunion with her mother to their application for political asylum in a place of safety. Juliane speaks directly to the reader through the barest, most straightforward of texts- but the issues her narrative raises are of course vast and complex.

A great springboard for class discussions on refugees and asylum seekers. Age , Paperback 29pp. All of it told me, 'This is not where you belong'". A young boy feels isolated and excluded in a small Welsh town. But there is one thing which brings him the warmth of his old home- Mr Evans' homing pigeons, who strut as proudly as the ones in St Peters Square, Rome. And so, a lovely intergenerational relationship springs up between a young boy and elderly man, leading, finally, to a new understanding of 'home'.

A touching story of belonging and new beginnings. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK. Age , Hardback 52pp. The Bad Lads: pesky little mischief makers or bullies in the making? With the arrival of German refugee, Klaus, in post-war Newcastle, some of the lads start to question their gang leader's ideas of entertainment- especially when it comes to tormenting the local 'conchie'. Reading Age 7 Interest , Paperback 55pp. The first title from the new, rising stars, indie publishers Knights Of.

Exactly what you would want from an adventure peppered up with fantasy: a pace which channels the dizzying speed of a computer game; protagonists who are action-ready and can equip themselves in a flash; a mystery which unravels from starts and bumps to a great plunge ahead; key narrative elements such as talking tapestries, the Staff of Truth, moonwalking, anorak capes, Worcester sauce flavoured crisps and a goose called Captain Honkers.

A thrill a nanosecond and BAME joint-lead. Follow Demelza, who lives in her very own caravan and Neesa, who crashes in on said caravan, as they discover the curse of Penfurzy island. Set in s Cornwall! Based on the video game of the same name. Knockin' on Wood Ref: 'What an uplifting story- all pupils would love it! The exhilarating story of Clayton 'Peg Leg' Bates and his rise to fame as a tap dancer.

A real showstopper. American Import Hardback 29pp. Winner Newbery Medal Every Sunday, come rain or shine, CJ and his Nana take the bus ride across town to the last stop on Market Street and, from there, to the soup kitchen. This Sunday, CJ simply isn't in the mood. But Nana turns the bus journey into nothing short of miraculous, answering all of CJ's questions with insight and wisdom which reveal the magic of the everyday and the wonders of humanity: "Nana, how come we don't got a car?

Published to huge acclaim, this book has garnered too many awards to list here! Great disability images, too! The Leopard Boy Ref: A leopard? A last leopard? Prowling the mountains above Khalid's village? A moving conservation story about an endangered species set in the Middle East. Let's Celebrate edited by D. Wonderful school resource or gift book.

Age , Paperback 56pp. This very accessible and engaging book has been researched, written and illustrated by a class of Year 6 children. Mary Prince, born into slavery in the Caribbean in arrives in London in to create her groundbreaking autobiography-the first account of a Black woman to be published in Britain. Lines in the Sand Ref: 'I would recommend this! Inspired by the Iraqi conflict, a wide range of contributors, using poetry and prose, describe conflicts throughout the world and across history. Fantastic classroom resource. The Lion Roars Ref: "For most of the boys Jimi knew, it was books or football, but Jimi loved books and football".

Jimi plays football in every spare moment, clinging tightly to his dream that one day he'll wear the all-white kit of the Lions of Senegal. But the big boys say he isn't ready to join them and that he should stick with the other cubs. Can Jimi prove them wrong? Perhaps he can- armed with advice from older sister, Julia herself, captain of a local football team as well as inspiration from his books celebrating iconic players and teams from different African nations. We appreciated the gentle message about giving equal weight to education and sport! Great format in which the narrative is broken up by snappy factual sections on the history of African football, the World Cup quarter-final between England and Cameroon and star players- including Patrick Vieira who joined Arsenal for a time.

Loved by our 9-year-old reviewer, Ryan, who was quite reluctant to send the book back! But this Ramadan, Yaba is struck down by a tummy bug and his daughter, Samia, needs to take on his mantle. Armed with a drum, Barkie the yappy pup and a lovely bright lamp, Samia happily takes to her new role Based on a real story from Lifta, a s Palestinian village.

An early independent reader book Age , Paperback 62pp. No one knew where it started. Nor where it ended. And, mostly, nobody cared. Except Little Mouse who started to ask questions of the other animals: why was the wall built? Will Little Mouse ever discover the world beyond? With discussion rife about freedom of movement, erecting walls and fractured communities, this book feels rich with philosophical potential; the author's own dedication reads, "To the fearless- and a world without walls".

Deceptive in its simplicity, with densely textured illustrations from a fine artist who blends handmade and digital techniques. You can read this on lots of levels but it is primarily about keeping an open mind. It challenges the idea of barriers, both physical and mental' Kerry, LL staff and reviewer. And from such early possibilities A series which does a very accomplished job of distilling the biographies of women of huge stature into a handful of sentences and cheerful, bold graphics.

Perfect for leaving the youngest of readers in a state of awe. Age , Hardback 26pp. Another stunning little bio. Discover how she played her voice like an instrument, inventing new words -"Dubi-dubi-dubu-daba"- and singing across genres from pop to blues. As with other titles in the series, the book ends with a fuller biographical note with archive photos. I want the whole set! It is always powerful to see mighty women represented in books. To have a whole set of diverse women is great. A highly illustrated biography of one of our greatest writers.

From a cruel childhood of displacement, family violence and wider societal racism, we witness Maya Angelou's recovery- literally finding her voice again through reading the works of literary giants- and then her incredible triumph as an award-winning giant of literature herself. A gorgeous biography which felt very satisfying even to this adult reader. I loved reading this and would read it again' Nicole, aged 11, LL reviewer.

We enjoyed reading this and it brought up lots of discussions about segregation and women's rights' Polly and her son, aged 6, LL reviewers. Can his super-sleuth cousins find him? A thrilling quest and a fantastic portrayal of a boy with Asperger syndrome. Needs Children's Book Award. Williams illustrated by Grayce Bochak. A moving, but ultimately uplifting, tale of inter-generational love and the sadness of losing a beloved grandparent. Very special. Age , American Import Paperback 28pp. Getting lost in a public place can be very frightening. An excellent story dealing with child safety written by a child welfare social worker.

Ages , Paperback 31pp. The Lost Stars Ref: Bold and expressive illustrations illuminate this wonderfully imaginative story about the endangered magic of the night sky. Make More Noise! Ref: A knickerbockers glory celebration of women's lives, from the famous to the ought-to-be-famous to the anonymous protest voices of 'ordinary' people. This collection of brand new stories has been brought together by publisher Nosy Crow to commemorate the th anniversary of some women's suffrage.

Ten stories by both established authors and newcomers provide a marvellous medley of voices which speak with passion and thoughtfulness- and which also prompt quite a few belly laughs. Ones to watch out for include: Patrice Lawrence's narrative, inspired by the life of Olive Christian Malvery, an Anglo-Indian journalist who exposed the shocking conditions faced by poor, working women in London during the s; Catherine Johnson's short story starring the fictional Rita Simon who surely deserves a novel of her own In bloomers.

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award If Malala had a magic pencil like the boy in the TV show she used to watch, she'd use it to "draw a better world, a peaceful world How she loved school and worked hard until the Taliban took control and banned girls from attending.

How she dared to speak out against the regime and became a target. How she has continued to speak out, inspiring adults and children all over the world. A wonderful, age-appropriate picture book. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully empowering. A warm, moving story about a mother and child who are separated by a prison sentence- but who are kept in each other's hearts through their stories and their love. Age American Import Hardback 29pp. The Mother of Trees. Subtitled, 'Wangari Maathai and the Tress of Kenya', this is not the first story we have sold about this revolutionary environmentalist- but it is certainly one of the most beautiful.

Brought up with the wisdom of trees, as an adult, Wangari Maathai went on to dispense her knowledge by encouraging the planting of different trees which would in turn bring a wealth of materials and nourishment for local Kenyan communities, creating a new self-sufficiency and, ultimately, the reforestation of great swathes of Kenya's landscapes, tree by tree by tree.

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A lyrical retelling of the greatness of Wangari Maathai: the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize, the first female head at a Kenyan university department and the originator of the Green Belt Movement. Illustrated by a much celebrated artist- a backnote has Kadir Nelson describing his use of oil paints and printed fabrics to emulate an Eastern African aesthetic.

Skilful writing and attractive illustrations present an important story. Simply told, but with enough detail to enable it to provide a good foundation on the topic. Very good afterword, glossary etc. Age Hardback 32pp. Lago, C. A tale from the Chaga, an ancient, Bantu-speaking people from East Africa. Originating in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, this is a rare example of a Chaga legend in print and one of their most famous narratives of a young person coming of age. Here, a brave and hard-working girl called Marwe travels to the Land of the Dead.

Told in graphic style format. The art style was amazing! The comic book style brought this tale to life. Comes with a glossary and a list of books and websites for further reading. Michael Rosen writes movingly of the death of his son, exploring feelings of anger and sadness as well as enjoying the happy memories. This is an original and deeply touching account of bereavement, accompanied by Quentin Blake's superb and quirky pictures. A book to treasure always. Age 8-Adult Paperback 29pp. Mirror Ref: English Assoc. This ingeniously designed, wordless book reveals two children's stories simultaneously and their parallel, yet connected, lives in Morocco and Australia.

Stunning portrayal of our global family. The stunning and dramatic oil paintings of Zhang capture the exuberant mood of this Chinese festival as well as the quiet joy of a family gathering lit by moonlight. Age , American Import Paperback 27pp. A soothing, lyrical poem written by an adoptive mother and accompanied by fantastic illustrations. A hugely positive account of transnational adoption. In 13th Century Cordoba, three young boys with three different faiths join forces to save the city's mosque.

A profound tale of religious harmony, mutual respect and civic solidarity. Age Paperback 24pp. I need to find some glue". Fantastically soothing rhymes and dynamic artwork compliment a heartfelt story of parental separation. The Muslims Ref: Winner Little Rebels Award The rowdy, scatty, upbeat voice of 9-year-old Omar introduces the reader to his life in a new school which comes complete with a resident racist bully, a situation which only shifts once the two share an unexpected adventure through the London Underground chased by probably A zany, cleverly challenging, warm-hearted book which is scattered with Omar's own, comic-tinged guide to Muslim life in the UK.

A speedy plot carried by a hugely loveable protagonist who embraces a joyful Muslim identity for himself. My Big Sister Takes Drugs Ref: Paul's dreams of soccer camp are dashed when his sister's drug problem comes to light. Difficult emotions are sensitively tackled in this moving tale. Age , American Import, 30pp Paperback. Tariq loves his funny, clever dad to bits, but when it comes to school presentation day, he wishes Mr Chaudury's English was a little more fluent.

A warm portrayal of a 2nd generation Bengali family. Age , Paperback 58pp. My Dog is a Carrot Ref: Enter this celebrated poet's weird, witty and bespectacled world and meet the dog who is a carrot, a speaking leek and many other crazy characters. Great fun! They have similarities and differences. They are best friends. Superb explorations of friendships across cultures. A superb exploration of friendship across cultures. A much needed look at emotional bullying between girls and a 'very true depiction of the affect it has on a girl when a "friend" changes' School Librarian, Letterbox reviewer.

A huge success in the US, this is a must for the UK classroom. Age American Import Paperback 29pp. Maya, Nancy, Chyng and Zulay, who is blind, are the very closest of friends. They do everything the same from singing like the stereo to linking arms like sausage links. But when Zulay announces that she wants to race at Field Day, her friends are, initially, hesitant.

Come the day, will she convince them to remain her biggest cheerleaders? Age , American Import Hardback 31pp. Granny Vero was born in Trinidad. Granny Rose was born in Yorkshire. Alvina adores them both.


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But the grannies don't always agree The aunts have decided Nadia will be the flower girl at Laila's wedding. Auntie Amina is ready with her intricate henna designs for Nadia's hands A delightful, rich celebration of a girl's Pakistani heritage. Age , American Import paperback 29pp. But school is a strange and frightening place to Nadine until a teacher finds her a special picture which reminds her of home.

It also provides an optimistic ending of a kind that can help children believe it is possible for situations to improve' Prof. This one tells the story of Navid, a Kurdish child whose father stands up against the Iranian government's regime and has his life threatened as a result. First, his father leaves the family home, then Navid and his mum have to flee as well. Their journey is dangerous, taking them across Italy, Slovenia, France and, finally, to an unspecified country very much like the UK , a new home and a new school which offer all the challenges as well as comforts that sanctuary brings.

Deceptively simple text which captures Navid's voice exposes complicated and painful stories for our times. This series offers a fantastic grounding for class discussions on refugees and asylum seekers. Nelson Mandela Ref: The impossibly talented Kadir Nelson turns his hand to a lush, evocative and highly illustrated biography of a truly great leader.

Follow Mandela's journey from his life as a barefooted year-old playing on the grassy hills of Qunu to iconic statesman and president of South Africa. Read the amazing story of a true hero who grew up to fight apartheid and became South Africa's first Black president. An evocative blend of historical and political detail lend added intrigue to this superb escapade.

Meet a hungry tiger from Korea. Can you trust a tiger? As a man makes his way to the market, he sees a tiger trapped in a pit. He wants to help the tiger, but will he be safe if he does? Beautifully illustrated, traditional tale. Great for new and emerging readers.

Hilarious rhyming fun. Princesses with power tools, broken nails and chain mail- but all with their sparkly crowns intact. A smart, refreshing and much-needed antidote! Age , American Import Hardback 29pp. The Nutcracker Ref: A gift edition of a much loved ballet story set during the magic of Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, the Ernst family open their doors wide for all of their friends and family. Clara is super-excited. Most of all, she looks forward to the arrival of her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyr, a toymaker who wears a gorgeous cloak of gifts.

This year, Clara is given a curious wooden nutcracker, a toy which is magicked to life that very night in a story set in a crystallised winter garden of sweets! Ray's fantastic storytelling is accompanied, as always, by her exquisite gold-gilded artwork. Ray is passionate about 'casual' inclusion- her cast of characters is often multicultural and here there is a character with an eye patch. A beautiful, satisfyingly heavy to hold book with an equally satisfyingly rich story.

Age , Hardback 29pp. This title has been made with Manchester school children and fills an important gap in available literature on this significant Black British hero. Original, unique and fantastic in every way! Other Brother Ref: Award-winning Author A sophisticated and thoughtful story about bullying, friendship and belonging by an award-winning Australian author.

Kieran has plans to get in with the coolest boys' group at school but the arrival of cousin Bon risks putting paid to that. Bon is more than different- with his long plaited hair, his drawings of knights and princesses and his preference for hanging out with girls, he really does stand out. Things kick off the very day Bon starts at Kieran's school- and Kieran is, initially, quite happy to join in with the taunts. But through the wisdom of mysterious, tough-girl, Julia, and through a little growing up, Kieran starts to see things a bit differently.

Perfect for discussions of gender-based bullying; also touches on homophobic bullying. But they will be safe once they reach Britain, won't they? Not only a marvellous read but one that refuels the desire for justice and freedom within and beyond our shores. Cabrera et al. It starts out with "our ancestors fought Barack ran And higher and faster and stronger they go. With the extension notes offering mini biographies of the pioneers and of the present day artists, this works as a powerful political narrative, a simple introduction to key figures of the civil rights movement and as a stunning art book.

Alexandra and Jenny are bestest friends. But, with the arrival of super-cool Rolinda, Alexandra is dazzled. Will she stop at nothing to get in with the popular girls? Age , American Import Paperback 30pp. Our World of Water Ref: Global citizenship. An attractive, thought-provoking book about our planet's most precious natural resource. Age , Paperback 43pp. Out of Heart Ref: Adam is a young, gifted artist struggling to find his place in a family fractured by loss and sadness.

And then a mysterious older man, William, turns up on his doorstep bringing a strange but welcome comfort and an odd familiarity Delicately written, immaculately structured, realism sparked off here and there by magic, layered with rich characterisations- it really was worth the 6 year wait for Master's new novel. A narrative that pines, yearns, pulls and aches before, finally, flooding you with warmth and immeasurable hope.

East London setting; contemporary, working class, British-Pakistani family. Coelho's second solo anthology combines magic, mythology, fantasy and realism to trace a boy's life in the city from childhood through to adulthood. Challenging themes of bullying, family breakdown and loneliness are nevertheless overlaid with Coelho's trademark humour, optimism and faith in young people's resilience. The 77 featured artists are a roll-call of international award-winners and world-class bestselling illustrators, as well as young emerging talent. The best-loved nursery rhymes are here, along with new rhymes to discover, and vibrant verses from African, Native American, First Nation, Inuit, Latino and Maori cultures.

Age 4 to Adult, Hardback pp.